The festive time is upon us. Season’s Greetings, Christmas wishes or a peaceful New Year’s message, it is indeed time to reach out to your loved ones.
The temperatures descended with some chilling winds encircling us in their frosty arms. We are preparing for the winter and Holiday Season, the warm clothes are out of the attic for puffing life back into them. Aryan has an interesting way to get rid of the odour from the winter gear, he uses up my vodka and mixes one part of it with two parts of water and sprays it on the woollens and lets it sit for a while and it kills the musty smell.
He loves to stock the refrigerator and freezers with exotic vegetables, pastries and sauces for his festive cooking and our garden get-togethers. I like to restock my wine and beer to welcome my buddies to the many relaxing evenings that we spend during this time reflecting on the past year and planning for the New Year. This year we have a lot more to share. We have all been through the various stages of loss, hope, despair, growth, failures and feedbacks. The highs and lows is playing on our mental health creating a huge need for rumination.
We are all looking forward to the time with our folks and friends. Many of them will be joining on the virtual platform while some have confirmed to be with us in person keeping all the safety parameters intact.
The whole city is lit up. Pandemic has taken a toll on the celebrations but the spirit of Christmas isn’t completely dampened owing to some courageous ones who volunteered to recreate the magic of the season no matter the smoggy fear and loss hanging in the air around us.
The shops online and offline are all dressed in white and red with the incandescent blinking colourful lights distracting us to the extent that we end up shopping almost hypnotically. This year I remind myself to also focus on less indulgence. I like the idea of gifting going viral on Facebook these days, the four-gift rule: one thing your loved ones want, one thing they need, one thing to wear, one thing to read.
As I prepare myself for the festive time, I am reminded of the spirit of Advent, the real meaning of the season which is the birth of Christ. I decide to spend a good time in reflections and prayers.
I wish you all a great time and hope you find a good reason for this season too. Challenge yourself and be true to it.
Life is all about waking up to a new and stronger you each day. Light up your life and that of others with your love and smile. Recreate the magic for all.
The interlude has been long but is not here to stay. What is going to be here is you and me and our kind finding our way out of this maze of despair and darkness. What is going to be here is light that is shining within each one of us. So, this festive season reach out to all and wish them merry everything and a happy always. Gift hope. Offer Love.
*Originally Published by me in 123greetingscom as Editor Bob Alias.